Purchase or Pass?

I'm still on the search for 2 reasonably priced upholstered end chairs for our dining room.

About a month ago, I serendipitously stumbled upon these. They're the only two of their kind at my local Home Goods..........but one has a black scuff mark on the corner of its seat cushion....and the other has the faintest red pen mark on the seat. Nothing a bottle of Spot Shot probably can't cure. They're so comfy, the look is lovely (mmmm, tufted goodness), and they coordinate well with our thrifted living room chairs I scored over 4 years ago (the living room opens up to the dining room).
Edit: The construction looks good, though it's not forever furniture quality. I'd say it's a couple notches above Target furniture. The stitching, tufting, and the underside of the chair when I flipped it upside down also look intact and sturdy.

It's been a month and they're still there. I've been casually keeping an eye on them, just hoping they'd be marked down. Oh who am I kidding; I've been stalking these daily. I even attempted bribing the manager, who's always been very cordial, with assorted baked goods, but he won't budge.

His name's Calvin. Calvin and I are now on a break. So sad.

I'm not curing world hunger here, so it's time I stop losing sleep over these (loooooserrr). Then there are days where I think something better will come along.
I admit it: I'm frugal. I often have buyer's remorse. So I put a lot of thought into an item before I buy it.
Should I just bite the bullet?
Are these worth $130 each?
(They said I can return them if the marks can't be removed).
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45 comments:

  1. If it were me, I would search out Craigslist and some local thrift shops before buying those for $130 each. It seems a little bit too much (but I'm very, very frugal). Have you checked out the quality of the construction of the chairs? Are the legs wobbly? Is it cheaply made? These are things that would make me balk at the price even more.

    Just my two cents! But they are lovely looking!

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  2. I love the chairs FC- but as I myself am frugal- $130 is a little steep for my price range. However, if you absolutely ADORE the chairs and can't stop thinking about them (that's how I justify my splurges), then go for it!!!

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  3. Oh I love them. I would probably pay $130 a piece for them - if you're set on the shape of the backs and the wooden legs. You won't find something in that shape elsewhere.

    If you're not set on the uniqueness of the two, we got our parsons chairs (same color upholstery, but the legs are covered, too) at American Furniture Warehouse (I hate that Jake Jabs, but what can you do) for $49 a piece. They're comfy, and have held up for 2 years so far, but I don't forsee them making it long enough to be handed down to my grandchildren. You could always jazz them up with some of your leftover nailhead trim...

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  4. Upon further thought, the Home Goods chairs are nearly identical to the Restoration Hardware chairs you l inked in another dining room post (thank goodness for the you might like these stories widget!). I think that 130 is a huge steal over 500, so I'd just go for it. And maybe ask for a tiny little discount b/c of the ink marks?

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  5. Sorry I cant see the photos (photobucket is blocked in my office) but Im going to say go for it. If you have been stalking them for a month, you will be so sad to get there one day and see them gone. Treat yourself!

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  6. I agree with Mrs. Limestone. If you can't get them out of your head, it must mean that you love them. And if the store's willing to take them back - you have nothing to lose.
    And they are really cool-looking chairs.

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  7. Ohhh, I really like them. But I think my frugalness would take over and I'd wait for them to be marked down...any idea how long that would be?

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  8. i love. please buy. happiness for all.

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  9. They only have one of these chairs at my HomeGoods (and we don't have another store around here for at least 100 miles); if they were a set, I'd be snapping them up myself. I love them! And I agree about asking for a discount for the stains.

    Can I also ask the name of the store where you bought the nailhead trim kit you used on your headboard? I'd rather not order it online. Thanks!

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  10. ::wringing hands:: The manager keeps refusing to discount these b/c he says the stains could be easily treatable. Whatev. I knew I could count on you all to give me your honest opinion. I know it's ultimately up to me whether to purchase or pass but your thoughts are really helping me to tip the scale one way or the other. THANK YOU and keep 'em coming!

    @ Melissa: Hi! I got the nailhead trim @ JoAnn Fabrics but I hear that most fabric stores carry them (in their furniture upholstery aisle). Happy nailheading =]

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  11. I agree with the other posters. If you've been thinking about these chairs for so long, you should go for it.

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  12. I love 'em! I think you should go for it - $130 is pretty good for tufted chairs. And, think how you'd feel if you went to the store & they were gone.

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  13. I love them!!!! A pair of nice chairs that make you happy will go with any table!!! PLUS...i purchased a piece of furniture from home goods....and told them about a scratch...AND THE MANAGER GAVE ME 10% OFF!!! TRY IT!

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  14. oh...and get some of those straw curly things next to it. :) love those!

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  15. If these were in my local Home Goods store, I'd buy them right now. I'm very frugal too, but these are really nice and will hold up for at least, a while.

    And agree, please get some of those twirly things!

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  16. "I'm not curing world hunger here, so it's time I stop losing sleep over these (loooooserrr)."

    best.quote.ever. i should have it stitched onto a pillow as i often do the same thing.

    if it's been a month and you're still having regularly scheduled visits, they should be yours.

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  17. How much would you feel at peace paying for them? $100 a chair? $75 a chair? then calculate how much the difference is...multiply that by the number of freckles on the upper left quadrant of your nose...then subtract the number of leap years you have experienced in an accountants office. There's your answer.

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  18. They're cute! I don't know if they're $130-each-cute, but I'm ridiculously cheap. I'm always convinced there's something cheaper and better out there. Most times it's not true, and yet I continue the addiction to tortured bargain hunting...
    I agree with Amy in that if you still love them after a month you should just get them. :)

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  19. Hm. I think $130 a piece isn't bad- they look comfy, and there's nothing worse than sitting in cheap uncomfy chairs. For me comfyness comes before price, because my butt srsly hates being uncomfy.

    I like them! DO IT.

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  20. They are gorgeous! I would do it! Calvin seems pretty easy going so I would live with them for a couple of days whilst trying to get the spots out and then make the final decision! You can always return them, right? LOL! Sorry you guys are on a break!

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  21. @ Katie: You'd think me being Asian and all I could do that sort of math, but now my head hurts. Plus my accountant has a restraining order on me so, now I can't ask him how many leap years it's been...anyhoo, you crack me up, girl. Still LOL =]

    @ Suzie: Thx for your sympathy, S! All will be forgiven if Calvin comes thru for me. If not, well, we'll always have our memories. Ha!

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  22. Hmm, melikey the chairs, but medontlikey the price. I think $130 is a smidge too spendy for room chairs - esp. if you're a frugal person (which you said you were - and this is why I love you). I'm extremely frugal and know I'd have some major remorse over $130 chairs - esp. if they had pen marks. For $130, they should have diamond studded legs and platinum plated fabric. ;)

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  23. They are ssoooo pretty and if you lay awake at night thinking of them then you should for sure get them. Because if they are gone you will wish you had!

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  24. I would totally get your butt back there and ask for a discount, dont give him a number, like 10%, go for more- just ask "Hey can I get a discont on these, they both have marks" on them and then show him the marks- I've done in a few times on Homegoods buys because something has a scratch, or somethings missing, etc., etc IT WORKS EVERYTIME! The best was my TV stand and he gave me 50% off for a drawer that was a tiny bit tight- fixed it in two seconds when I got home, hehe. If not, go back the next day and hope its a different manager on duty and ask again :)

    GO FOR IT!

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  25. I think if you are losing sleep (which I completely understand) you need to buy them.

    I do not believe you would regret the decision because you clearly love them.

    Try to get a steal, but otherwise, just buy em girl.

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  26. If they had them at my HomeGoods, I would snatch them up. I think the manager knows you're dying to get them and is holding out, he should at least knock off 10% since they aren't in perfect condition.

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  27. FC, I gotta be honest, I think you can do better. There's something about them that I'm just not loving. But, if they are stuck in your head you might wanna snatch them up before someone else does!

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  28. FC, you've waited this long...I think you can find things you like just as well or better. Frugality...it's worth the trip! (Garage sale and flea market season is just now getting into full swing!!!)

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  29. Hey FC....these are nice, but not wow. I don't know...I'd probably hold out and invest in the "forever" furniture. I think you'd be happier getting exactly what you want.

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  30. Are you kidding me??? These were at our store a couple of months ago, and I BEGGED my husband for them! There were only two, and our table needs 8, so it didn't really make sense! You MUST buy them! They're gorgeous!

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  31. Hmmmm, I say wait and see if they go on sale...they've already been there for a month.

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  32. Bwahahaha! This is the funniest post, ever!

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  33. Oh, dang, $130 ? That is the worst number ever. $100 would be an easy 'Yes' and $150 would be an easy 'No'. I feel your pain.

    The good news is they are classy and timeless, kinda like Holly Golightly's black dress and pearls. And they compliment your thrifted chairs to perfection. And they could go anywhere in your home. I say go for it. You love them. You know you do.

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  34. Oh my word...that's a toughie. I'm also very frugal (read cheap) and I remember seeing those at my local TJ Maxx. They were gorgeous! If you would be heartbroken to find out that they had been sold, definitely buy them. You can always take them back. ;)

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  35. First off, LOVE the blog! Just darn good twisty fun! Secondly, I agree with Suzie about the chairs..buy them immediately under the pretext that it is a trial period... temporary. (In my mind it means the purchase technically does not count) :) You will know as soon as you set them in your space whether or not they are the "ones". If so... Yay! well done! If not, curse them for the frauds they are and return them post haste, while snickering at the manager as you skip out the door. ****Deb****

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  36. Purchase! I love them, I think they are classy I wish I could have them but I would have to sell my children! You so need to get a discount for the stains!

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  37. Hi Freckles, I agree what Olson's said, the manager should at least give you a discount on the chairs if they have stains on them, that's probably why they're still there, no one wants stains on new chairs, and at the full price, see if you can get a cheeper price on them. They are beautiful chairs.

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  38. They're cute, but I wouldn't pay $130 each for them. That said, I tend toward the $8-Free price range, so not sure how valid my opinion is!

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  39. Those are gorgeous! I say buy, but then again frugality is not my strong point. ;)

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  40. OMG! Are these the ones that have nailhead trim on the back?

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  41. the one in Westminster? I'll go gang up on him with you to help ;) I've got nothing else going on

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  42. Girl, your sense of humor makes me crack my azz up.

    Get 'em. The end.

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  43. I say BUY THEM!!! A year ago, I passed up two similar chairs at HomeSense(Canada's version of HomeGoods). They were $100.00 and the most comfortable chairs ever!!

    They were exactly the right size, shape, color, style, etc. Unfortunately, I listed to the bf who said, "yeah, but you don't really need them....."

    A year later, I still kick myself for not snapping them up!! Especially when we have people over and I have to put folding chairs at my dining table that only has 4 chairs :(

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  44. We owe you a sushi dinner, how about a chair instead? Oh wait, Mr FC would NEVER stand for that :)

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  45. They do seem to coordinate well with your fabulous thrifted living room chairs. I agree with everyone who said bring them home and try them out. If they don't make you glow with happiness, take them back and throw them at Calvin.

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